Special thanks to these amazing scientists for supporting our Hoffman-Boston Elementary School pilot program. They showed students that what they were learning in the classroom was directly relevant to their careers - and students started dreaming about the future!
Emily Leichtman - Ecologist
Science Assistant, Directorate for Biological Sciences, Division of Environmental Biology; Population & Community Ecology Cluster, National Science Foundation
Classroom Activity: “What Do You Need?” - Animal Adaptations in Ecosystems (3rd grade)
Dr. Miriam Jones - Geologist
Research Geologist, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, US Geological Survey
Classroom Activity: Rocky Road (5th grade)
Dr. Becky Dentel - Zoologist
Zookeeper, Reston Zoo
Classroom Activity: Animal Adaptations - Physical Characteristics (3rd grade)
Dr. Chuck Estabrook - Seismologist
Program Director, GEO/EAR/EarthScope' Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation
Classroom Activity: Investigating Plate Tectonics (5th grade)
Dr. Gannet Haller - Meteorologist
Program Director, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM), Div. of Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (AGS), National Science Foundation
Classroom Activity: Storm Warning - Investigating the Weather (4th grade)
Classrooms - Students' portal to the world
Students, Teachers and Administrators agree - relevant scientists can inspire kids!
APS Snapshots Highlights Pilot with Hoffman-Boston Elementary
CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS Inspire Students:
To truly inspire students to dream about STEM careers we need to fundamentally change the delivery of science curriculum learning so all students are actively engaged in learning, understand the real-world relevance of what they're learning, and see a potential career path based on what they're learning.
TEACHER CONNECTIONS Improve STEM Teaching:
Elementary school teachers cannot be expected to be subject matter experts in all science domains. Having a relevant STEM professional in the classroom while the teacher is conducting a hands-on science activity will improve STEM teaching and enable students to discover first-hand how the science they're learning in the classroom connects to a myriad of STEM careers.
CAREER CONNECTIONS Make STEM Fun:
STEM professionals make students' learning relevant and exciting by sharing how they utilize the key concepts being taught. STEM professionals demonstrate the real-world career connection of the curriculum and how he/she uses those key concepts/core principles to innovate and tackle real-world problems.